This cartographic database provides digitized land survey maps of China
produced in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. From the last decades of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) to the end of the Republican era
central and provincial governments and the Land Survey Department of the Japanese Army conducted
across China and produced maps that contain detailed information on topographical and administrative
4,000 of these land survey maps of China were compiled and published by the Japanese publisher Kagaku
Shoin between 1986
and 1998. With the support of Kagaku Shoin, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG)
Department of History, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) have jointly curated, digitized, and
published maps and have created a unique open-access cartographic database that allows users to
historical maps into any GIS mapping software. We have also included maps that have been digitized and
Academia Sinica in Taiwan. This database brings together all historical land survey maps of China that
are currently accessible and allows users to
cross-reference them on a single web-based user interface. Users can export map layers to desktop- or
tools by using WMTS (Web Map Tile
Service) URLs. For instructions on how to export map layers, please
follow thislink. Users are welcome to use the maps provided in this database for research
purposes under theCC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Chūgoku tairiku gomanbun no ichi chizu shūsei 中国大陸五万分の一地図集成 (Collection of 1:50,000 maps of China). 8
Tokyo: Kagaku Shoin, 1986-1998. (MPIWG Dataset: 1885-1945, 1:50,000) Between 1986 and 1998, Kagaku Shoin
published 4,088 land survey maps of China held in archives in Japan and the United States. This
contains maps of nineteen provinces: Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan, Hainan, Hebei, Hubei,
Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Liaoning, Shanxi, Zhejiang, Anhui, Henan, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, and Sichuan.
Center for GIS, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica: Academia Sinica
approximately 2,000 land survey maps of China produced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a
which has been digitized and made publicly available via WMTS. Maps of seven provinces (Anhui, Fujian,
Henan, Jiangsu, Shandong, and Zhejiang) are included in this database for reference purposes.
(1).Web site instructions:
As each layer covers a province, clicking on a province name would generate a public WMTS URL that enables data
You can use place name search to find your locations by using Chinese or Pingyin.
This scale control let you zoom in/out maps. The opacity slider let you set the opacity of the overlayer.
You can look for coordinates by draging the blue map marker.
(2).How to use our services in the third-party applications:
How to use these layers in QGIS
or ArcGIS by